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School Board Passes 2021-22 Budget, Delays Decision on Start Times

School start times won’t change for now. The board approved a proposal for raises for tech employees.

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Holiday Weekend Brings Both Celebration and Tragedy to Town

The busy weekend included fireworks, a fatality and the annual hydroplane race.

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In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Washington state utility moratorium receives final extension

A final extension of the Washington state utility moratorium was announced last week, meaning the ban on shut-offs will expire on Sept. 30. A press… Continue reading

In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Vashon Emergency Operations Center Final COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Report

This serves as the final COVID-19 situation report in The Beachcomber, and a resource guide.

  • Jul 1, 2021
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Vashon HouseHold Looks For a New Leader

After more than 12 years, current VHH Executive Director Chris Szala will retire early next year.

  • Jul 1, 2021
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On a Long, Hot Weekend, Crime and Tragedy Strike Vashon

The vandalism follows another recent incident when multiple businesses in town were targeted.

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The Countdown to Strawberry Festival 2021 Is On

Organizers are calling it “a hyper-local, for Vashon by Vashon” festival this year.

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Islanders Find Ways to Weather Hottest Temps on Record

It was the first time ever that Seattle had three-digit temperatures for three consecutive days.

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School Leans Into Outdoor Education, Social Justice Lessons

Prioritizing student mental health and racial equity last year, Vashon Green School is looking ahead

  • Jul 1, 2021
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War on Drugs Comes to Vashon

A Vashon residence was included in a search operation conducted by federal and local law enforcement agencies of 19 locations throughout the Seattle region in the pre-dawn hours of June 30.

Eviction notice letter pasted on front door of house. File photo

King County Council passes tenant protections

Tenants in unincorporated King County won new rights after the King County Council voted to pass ordinance 2021-0131 during its meeting June 29. Under the… Continue reading

Eviction notice letter pasted on front door of house. File photo
Federal Way residents Kevin Jochim, left, and Steve Reichel enjoy drinks on the new patio area at JP’s Tavern on Aug. 5, 2020. Restaurants and bars embraced outdoor seating during the pandemic. File photo

Governor lifts restrictions, but health officials warn the pandemic is not over

As of June 30, bar-goers are able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and diners can sit at restaurant tables that have long been vacant to reduce capacity… Continue reading

Federal Way residents Kevin Jochim, left, and Steve Reichel enjoy drinks on the new patio area at JP’s Tavern on Aug. 5, 2020. Restaurants and bars embraced outdoor seating during the pandemic. File photo
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Road buckling on I-90 | King County traffic update

As of Monday evening June 28 and continuing into Tuesday morning and afternoon, June 29, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and King County… Continue reading

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County Council identifies two finalists for law enforcement oversight job

The King County Council has narrowed its search for a new director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight to two finalists. The finalists are… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2021
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Cooler temperatures

The National Weather Service forecasts that the upper-level high pressure system responsible for the historic stretch of heat that broiled the Northwest over recent days… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2021
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The future Overlake Village Station is at street level, adjacent to SR 520. Civil construction of the station will be complete this year. Courtesy photo, Sound Transit.

Sound Transit seeks public input on transit-oriented development at future Overlake Village Station in Redmond

Sound Transit wants to hear what the public thinks about the future development of about two acres of land at the future Overlake Village Station… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2021
The future Overlake Village Station is at street level, adjacent to SR 520. Civil construction of the station will be complete this year. Courtesy photo, Sound Transit.
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Washington broils under record-breaking heat; cooler temperatures forecast for Tuesday

Additional oppressive heat blistered the Pacific Northwest on Monday (June 28) before the core of the unprecedented heat shifts into interior sections of the region… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2021
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Tree in the roadway June 28 blocks the right lane on westbound SR 18 just east of Tiger Mountain Rd. Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Fallen tree on SR 18 | King County traffic update

As of Monday morning, June 28, Washington State Department of Transportation reported the following road obstructions: 5:17 a.m.: A collision blocking the ramp of Highway… Continue reading

Tree in the roadway June 28 blocks the right lane on westbound SR 18 just east of Tiger Mountain Rd. Photo courtesy of WSDOT
Starting Monday, June 18 and running until Sept. 19, the Helen Smith Gallery at Green River College presents its latest virtual exhibit, Aunna Moriarty and Vian Nguyen's Growing Pains. Courtesy photo, Sarah Dillon Gilmartin.

GRC’s Helen Smith Gallery presents between June 28 and Sept. 19, 2021

Shifting between childhood and adulthood propels an uncovering of information and a new reality, as human beings become independent thinkers. While ignorance is bliss, knowing… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2021
Starting Monday, June 18 and running until Sept. 19, the Helen Smith Gallery at Green River College presents its latest virtual exhibit, Aunna Moriarty and Vian Nguyen's Growing Pains. Courtesy photo, Sarah Dillon Gilmartin.
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Man missing for eight days found alive and well near North Bend

On Monday morning, June 28, a trail runner found a man who’d been missing for eight days in the wilderness near North Bend. According to… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2021
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